***IMPORTANT*** Switching e-mail and RSS feeds

15 Aug

Hi YCUers!

We’ve switched over to a wordpress.org format on the youngcraftersunite.com domain, so everything will look the same, but the RSS and e-mail feeds have changed. If you wouldn’t mind, please go there and you can add the new page to your blog reader, feed burner or you can subscribe to our blog via the feedburner box on the right.

Thanks so much for your help and attention to this! We’ll be back tomorrow with the announcement of our DT. :)

Britta and Marie

Introducing… Our Sponsor!

9 Aug

Since it’s only a week until we announce the fantabulous design team, I thought I would pop in today and introduce (or re-introduce, in most cases) someone that is very important to us here at YCU. His name is Simon!


Yes, that’s right, Simon Says Stamp has very generously offered to sponsor our monthly challenges with a $25 gift certificate to their store. They’re awesome. I wouldn’t back up someone so full-heartedly unless I stood behind them, and every experience I’ve had with Simon Says is delightful (and so are the people that work there).

I wanted to share a few things that are on my wishlist at Simon Says. Maybe you’ll stop over there and support them like they’re generously supporting us. :)













Hope you’re looking forward to the challenge in two weeks. We can’t wait to share! Thanks again, Simon Says Stamp, for being an awesome sponsor.

Britta and Marie

Something big is coming!

5 Aug

That’s right, monthly challenges for all of us young crafters (no matter in what way you’re young!) begin August 23rd. We’re working hard behind the scenes to assemble an awesome design team, secure some sponsorships and make everything awesome.

For now, make sure you’re subscribed to the YCU blog (on the right side of the site, you can enter in your e-mail address to receive updates or you can add us to a reader with our RSS feed links). We’ll be back in the next couple of weeks with the announcement of and introduction to our design team. These young crafters are going to rock your socks off! Stay tuned for more updates as this awesome collaboration evolves.

Also, we have a twitter! Be sure to follow us here: YCUchallenge. We’ll be updating that regularly and will remind you about challenge deadlines and upcoming events. :)

Hope you’re excited as we are! See you back here soon. :)

Britta and Marie

Young Crafters Unite Blog Hop Winners!

6 Jul

The day that you’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived! It’s time to announce the winners of our Young Crafters Unite blog hop. It’s our way of thanking you for participating in this event. It means so much to us, and we hope to do it again sometime soon!


Marie’s Choice – Winner of a $30 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp:
#14 Cathy Pulickal for her wonderful card with veggies and sunglasses!

Britta’s Choice – Winner of a $25 gift certificate to DeNami Design:
#25 Isha for her lovely tone-on-tone card with a sewing theme!

Random Blogger – Winner of a $20 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp:
#54 Efrat S. who has only been crafting for three months!

Random Blogger – Winner of a Paper Smooches stamp set of your choice:
#39 Danielle Daws who can seriously work some magic with colored pencils + mineral spirits!


Random Hopper – Winner of a $20 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp:
Elizabeth (who was also a blogger!) from her comment on Joy Taylor’s blog

Random Hopper – Winner of a Paper Smooches stamp set of your choice:
Lonely Rubber Stamp for her comment on Diane the Librarian’s blog

Random Hopper – Winner of a Lawn Fawn stamp set of your choice:
Natasha (also a blogger!) for her comment on Ashley Newell’s blog

We will contact the winners within the next couple of hours to get the prizes out to you. If you don’t receive anything by the end of today, go ahead and drop us an e-mail at legojenta@hotmail.com or britta.swiderski@gmail.com.

Thank you once again to our amazing sponsors. You guys rock! Make sure you check them out and send them love. :) Click on the icons to go to their websites.


We are both featuring some of our favorite posts from the hop on our blogs today. Check out Marie’s blog and Britta’s blog today for some of our favorites! Really, it was so hard to pick out of all of the amazing entries, though. Everyone did such an amazing job, and we hope that everyone got lots of happy comments and new subscribers!

We love you all and thank you so much much once again for participating. You’re definitely all winners in our eyes. :) We’re still in the process of figuring out what to do next with Young Crafters Unite, but we will let you know as soon as we have a plan, so don’t forget to add us to your RSS feed or subscribe to our posts via e-mail (look in the right side bar to do either of those things). Happy crafting, young creatives!

Marie and Britta

Official Blog Hop Links Post

5 Jul

Hi, crafters! What a weekend it was. Marie and I had such a fabulous time putting everything together and seeing it all come to life on the 1st. We hope you had a wonderful hop weekend as well!

Winners (both bloggers and hoppers) will be announced tomorrow, but in the meantime I wanted to post the blog hop permalinks. What’s a permalink? It’s the link that points directly to each post instead of each individual blog. This way, even if you’re seeing this hop three years in the future, you can still “hop” through and see all of the amazing inspiration from our lovely bloggers. Here’s the official list:

  1. Marie/Legojenta
  2. Aditya Gupta
  3. Leanne
  4. Ruby
  5. Kim Hughes
  6. Jen Rzasa
  7. Stephanie
  8. Jamie Leija
  9. Heather Ruwe
  10. Chari Moss
  11. Janice Daquila-Pardo
  12. Kelly Latevola
  13. Bunny Vance
  14. Cathy Pulickal
  15. Jan Hunnicutt
  16. Erin T.
  17. Priya Mohan
  18. Kathy Nakata
  19. Ezlie Perez
  20. Karen Baker
  21. Amy Courchaine
  22. DianetheLibrarian
  23. Christiana Reuling
  24. Jill Foster
  25. Isha
  26. Lynsey V.
  27. Danielle Walls
  28. Donna Bowman
  29. Cynthia
  30. Neha
  31. Mary McCarthy
  32. Tania A
  33. Ujjwal
  34. Amber R.
  35. Deena
  36. Kristy Smith
  37. Jillian Vance
  38. Ashley N Newell
  39. Danielle Daws
  40. Paulina Nakamura
  41. Michele
  42. Kathy Racoosin
  43. Natasha
  44. CiCi
  45. Melissa Shea
  46. Deborah Nolan
  47. Faith Abigail
  48. Vicky Papaioannou
  49. Heather I.
  50. Jess Larsen
  51. Anna K.
  52. Brittney Baker
  53. Madison
  54. Efrat S.
  55. Angie Ha
  56. Joy Taylor
  57. Lauren S.
  58. Wendy Frederick
  59. Lisa Geraty
  60. Elizabeth Campau
  61. Sandra
  62. Casey Gainey
  63. Patricia
  64. Amanda
  65. Britta Swiderski

Thank you again for hopping along with us! Now next, we have a question for you: what would you like to see next from Young Crafters Unite? Another blog hop in the future? A challenge? Let us know what you think. We’d love to hear your comments and suggestions for the future. :)

See you tomorrow for the winner announcements!

Britta and Marie